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Rugged, shape-shifting handheld runs Android

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Motorola Solutions unveiled a rugged, enterprise handheld that runs Android 4.1, 1D or 2D scanning, and offers a choice of brick, gun, or turret styles.

When Motorola split into Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions back in 2011, Motorola Mobility was supposed to be the Android company and Motorola Solutions the Windows company. Yet, the latter, which produces a range of enterprise solutions including 4G wireless equipment, has done quite well with its Android-ready enterprise handhelds.

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Google I/O 2014 keynote shows why Android should replace Chrome OS on Chromebooks

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The keynote of Google I/O was only and only about one thing – Android. This Linux-based operating system has become the center of Google’s universe. From cars to smartwatches, it was only about Android. That makes one wonder where was the other Linux-based platform, Chrome OS, Google has been developing for a while!

Chrome was not absent, Google did talk about Chrome OS at the event, but it was more about Android than the Chrome OS. You can see Sundar Pichai talking about Chromebook at the event, but was more about Android than Chrome OS.

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With Android One, Google is poised to own the entire world

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Android has been popular in emerging markets for a long time, but Google first expressed explicit interest in this market when it launched Android 4.4 KitKat last year. It was designed specifically so it would run well on the lower-cost hardware that usually finds its way to emerging markets. At its launch last fall, Google's senior vice president, Sundar Pichai, said: "As we get on our journey to reach the next billion people, we want to do it on the latest version of Android." And now, with Android One, Google’s showing that Pichai’s vision has legs.

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Razer teases Android TV-based microconsole

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Gaming peripherals giant turned PC maker Razer has announced that it will be supporting Google's Android TV platform with the launch of a microconsole device later this year.

Announced at the Google I/O conference late last night, Android TV is aimed at getting the advertising giant's Linux-based mobile-centric software in set-top boxes and smart TVs. As well as support for streaming from Android-based smartphones, tablets and wearables, Android TV will support apps and games - the latter of which is Razer's focus for its as-yet unnamed microconsole device.

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With Android L, Google makes pitch for enterprise users

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Computerworld - Google will provide enterprise-focused security and management features to its entire Android showcase of mobile devices, including features reserved only for Samsung devices running Samsung's Knox security software, a Google executive announced during the Google I/O keynote address Wednesday.

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Native Android apps are coming to Chrome OS

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Google is working to bring Chrome OS and Android closer together, and that'll eventually mean having Android apps running right on a Chromebook. "We're in early days," Sundar Pichai, Google's Chrome and Android chief, said on stage today at Google's I/O developer conference. Pichai didn't say when the feature would arrive, but he demonstrated it already working using Android apps for Evernote, Flipboard, and Vine. The apps can appear in a tall, phone-sized window, or they can be expanded to run as they would on tablets.

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Google touts 1 billion active Android users per month

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At last year’s Google I/O the company revealed it had activated 900 million Android devices, and this year that number has hit the billion mark. Over a 30-day period, 1 billion people now actively use Android devices. Google’s Android and Chrome chief, Sundar Pichai, revealed the latest Android figures on stage at Google I/O in San Francisco today, including the fact that phones are checked 100 billion times each day.

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Google I/O Offers Devs Big Bonanza

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Google on Wednesday kicked off its I/O conference in San Francisco, presenting devs with a dizzying array of possibilities: a new design language for Android L; a boatload of new apps, APIs and SDKs; and expanded support for a variety of architectural and hardware configurations. "If I were a developer, I would feel real good about opportunities today," said ABI analyst Jeff Orr.

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Windows wars? The Android and Chrome OS Alliance

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Linux may rule in most places — supercomputers, mobile, and Wall Street to name a few — but the Windows empire has still held on to the desktop, despite Windows 8.x's failure to grab marketshare quickly. Now there's new hope: At Google I/O, Sundar Pichai, Google's head of Chrome and Android, said during the opening keynote that Google will be giving Chrome OS the power to run Android apps.

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This is the Gear Live, Samsung's $199 Android Wear Smartwatch

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Wearables were everywhere today at Google I/O, but there was only one truly new product announced: the Galaxy Live, Samsung's Android Wear-running smartwatch. And we've had a chance to spend a few minutes playing with a demo unit — it's only able to do a few things right now, but we have our best sense yet of what Android Wear hardware and software will look like. This is one of the key devices for Android Wear, one of the watches being given to all attendees of the conference, and at first glance it's quite nice.

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Fedora: Fedora Classroom, Fedora Media Writer

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OpenSUSE 42.3

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Software: mtPaint, Suricata, Gabedit, Mozilla, LibreOffice, and GNU Binutils

  • mtPaint – A Lightweight Paint Software for Digital Photos
    mtPaint is an open source paint application for both Linux and Windows developed for the purpose of creating and manipulating pixel images. It was developed from scratch by Mark Tyler and maintained by Dmitry Groshev. If you hadn’t heard about it prior to reading this article it is probably because before its latest update in June 2016, its last update was in 2011! Update frequency not withstanding, mtPaint has a focus on being memory friendly and its latest update came with a handful of both new and improved features.
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  • Suricata 4.0 released
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  • How Could You Use a Speech Interface?
    Last month in San Francisco, my colleagues at Mozilla took to the streets to collect samples of spoken English from passers-by. It was the kickoff of our Common Voice Project, an effort to build an open database of audio files that developers can use to train new speech-to-text (STT) applications. What’s the big deal about speech recognition? Speech is fast becoming a preferred way to interact with personal electronics like phones, computers, tablets and televisions. Anyone who’s ever had to type in a movie title using their TV’s remote control can attest to the convenience of a speech interface. According to one study, it’s three times faster to talk to your phone or computer than to type a search query into a screen interface. Plus, the number of speech-enabled devices is increasing daily, as Google Home, Amazon Echo and Apple HomePod gain traction in the market. Speech is also finding its way into multi-modal interfaces, in-car assistants, smart watches, lightbulbs, bicycles and thermostats. So speech interfaces are handy — and fast becoming ubiquitous.
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GNOME/GTK: Nautilus, Evince, GNOME Calendar, GNOME Photos, Libratbag

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